Red Bull boss Christian Horner has admitted that the team are prepared for the possibility of strategically choosing the right track in which to receive a penalty for an engine change, as they attempt to give Honda as much time as possible to develop their new power unit.
Reports from testing in Barcelona have been positive for Red Bull, with both Max Verstappen and new recruit Pierre Gasly recorded a healthy amount of laps, with good pace being shown too.
However, with Ferrari looking extremely fast and Mercedes yet to fully hit the ground running, Horner has suggested that further enhancement of the team's Honda engine could result in the location for grid drops being chosen beforehand so to minimise the points damage.
"You saw in previous years if you pick the penalties at the right venues," he is quoted by Crash.net.
“In Russia last year Max was already back in the top five by lap six so if you pick the right venue and assists the development of the power unit then strategically you can lessen the pain.
"I think Honda have had a good winter and certainly they are reducing that gap significantly but of course what you don’t know is what the others have done.
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